I’ve figured out the winning recipe for capturing an epic ‘Sad Trader’ image (e.g. the ‘Sad Guys On Trading Floors’ blog, and as the accompanying photo for every stock market disaster story in print publications):

  1 part great location (outside the New York Stock Exchange)

  2 parts photographer (must have telephoto lens, backpack full of camera gear, sports jacket, and a goofy bandanna)

  1 part giant market sell off at the end of the trading day causing the Dow to close down over 700 points.

  Mix

  Wait

  Collect Pulitzer Prize for Photojournalism